Spotify chief Daniel Ek still aiming for Arsenal takeover despite Stan Kroenke standing firm

Spotify chief Daniel Ek is keen to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke
Spotify chief Daniel Ek is keen to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke (Getty)

Daniel Ek, with the backing of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, is still planning a takeover bid for Arsenal, despite Stan Kroenke claiming that the club is not for sale.

Ek, who is Spotify’s billionaire founder, has publicly declared that he would be keen to buy Arsenal if Kroenke is open to selling the club.

‘As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for Arsenal as long as I can remember,’ the Swedish entrepreneur wrote on Twitter. ‘If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.’

Ek is understood to be ready to submit a proposal worth £1.8 billion in order to take control of Arsenal.

But on Tuesday, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) insisted that they will not consider any offers.

‘In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club,’ a statement read.

Arsenal fans have protested outside the Emirates Stadium against the owner Stan Kroenke
Arsenal fans have protested outside the Emirates Stadium against the owner Stan Kroenke (Getty)

‘We remain 100% committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club. We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.

‘Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game & our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.’

According to The Telegraph, Ek is still ‘determined’ to go ahead with his takeover plan despite the current resistance from Arsenal’s hierarchy.

The report claims that Ek is looking to submit a bid ‘inside the next 10 days’.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger admits he would welcome the chance to return to Arsenal in an advisory role as part of the new takeover bid.

‘Look, I will always support first Arsenal and if I can help Arsenal I will do it as well in any way,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.

‘That’s my answer. After that, I’m happy in my life today and overall I’m not in any demand for anything.

‘If fans give me one credit it’s that I always put Arsenal first and I sacrificed the best years of my life and my career to help this club to get out of building a new stadium and paying it back without any money from anybody.

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